WASHINGTON– The Nationals have offered their humble star Anthony Rendon a seven-year, $210-215 million deal according to a report from the Washington Post.
The Nationals offered Rendon the contract in early September but is not expected to keep Rendon from hitting the free agent market this offseason. The structure of the proposed deal seems to suggest that the Learner family wants to keep Rendon around for at least the next seven seasons.
The Washington Post also reports that Rendon’s deal is completely different than Bryce Harper’s 10-year, $300 million deal that would have turned into an AARP payment with the last one coming in 2052. About $100 million would have been deferred.
The Nationals would have paid Rendon over the course of 14 years like they did with starting pitcher Max Scherzer’s deal when he signed in 2015.
Rendon, 29, continues to swing a hot stick as the Nationals enter postseason play. Rendon is a likely top three National League MVP candidate and is having his best season to date. Rendon hit a career high 34 homers for the Nationals this season and led the NL in RBIs with 126. Rendon also led the team with a .319/.412/.598 slashline that ranks among the NL’s best.
Rendon has not commented on the matter yet as he has been one of the most humble superstars baseball has ever seen.
“I mean, if you’re giving me the opportunity and saying I’m this close from going to go car shopping from multiple lots, instead of staying in one lot, I mean, what would you do?” Rendon said in a radio interview on “Grant and Danny” on 106.7 The Fan in July.
The team, Rendon and his agent, Scott Boras, have been negotiating a deal since the beginning of spring training but Rendon’s asking price was too high according to the Nationals. The Nationals have continued to meet with Rendon throughout the course of the season. The trio met once early in the season and once in July. There haven’t been any known meetings about Rendon’s contract since.
“We’ve had discussions throughout the year, and we’ve traded proposals back and forth; we haven’t had a deal yet,” Rizzo told The Washington Post in July. “We certainly would embrace if we can get a deal done. We certainly continue to talk, and we’ll see where it leads us down the road.”